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Showdown: Places and Spaces

Welcome to Showdown, an online competition that gives artists from all over the world a chance to showcase their work and have it be judged by internationally acclaimed artists and curators.

Meet Our Judges

Meet All Judges

Kirstine Roepstorff


Kirstine Roepstorff is a visual artist, living and working in Berlin, Germany. Originally from Denmark. she studied at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark (1994-2001) and Rutgers University, Mason School of Fine Art (MFA), USA (2000).

She mainly works with collages and sculptures. The collages are often large using different material like fabrics, photocopies, cuttings, foils, brass,... Read More

Matthias Weischer


Matthias Weischer was born in 1973 in Rheine, West Germany, and is a painter living in Leipzig. Weischer’s works oscillate between abstract and figurative painting. His paintings depict deserted interiors like stage settings that are infused with abstract elements. Furniture, everyday objects and large-scale ornaments stylistically refer to the 1950s and 1960s, and in their collage-like appearance they establish... Read More


1st Place

The winner will receive US $1000

2nd Place

The runner up will receive US $500
The top two works will be shown at exhibition.

First Round: Curated + Community Voting

The first round consists of two parts: the community vote and the curated vote. Anyone with a valid Saatchi Art account is able to participate in the community vote. All valid entries will be randomly displayed an equal number of times during the community vote and each work will be voted on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). A total of 300 submissions will progress to the next round including:

  • 50 works with highest average community votes
  • 250 submissions selected by our professional Saatchi Art team

Second Round: Juried Voting

A jury, selected by Saatchi Art and led by Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator at Saatchi Art, will review the 300 semi-finalists. Of those 300:

  • 30 submissions selected by our professional jury will move on to the final round

Final Round: Judge

A judge selected by Saatchi Art will select the winner and runner-up of our Places and Spaces.

  • The winner will receive US $1000
  • The runner up will receive US $500
  • The top two works will be shown at exhibition.
  • The cost of shipping works to the exhibition will be covered by Saatchi Art.
  • Art must be in the style or category specified to be eligible.
  • Art must not have been submitted to a previous Showdown or any other Saatchi Art competition.
  • Must be an original work currently for sale on the Saatchi Art website.
  • The top ten original works must be exclusively for sale on Saatchi Art for 6 months following the end of the competition.

1st Place Showdown Winner

Places and Spaces | Awarded October 29th, 2012

2nd Place Showdown Winner

Places and Spaces | Awarded October 29th, 2012





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